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Article: Mother’s Day Australia

Mother’s Day Australia

Mother’s Day Australia


At Flaschengeist, we understand the significance of Mother's Day – a special occasion that pays tribute to the incredible bond between mother and child. It's the time to acknowledge and appreciate the profound influence our Mums have on our lives.

Down under in Australia, we celebrate Mother's Day in May, precisely on the second Sunday of the month. That means you'll need to check the calendar for the exact date each year, as it tends to shift slightly.

Now, when it comes to finding the perfect Mother's Day gift, look no further. Flaschengeist offers a delightful selection of hampers that are bound to bring a smile to Mum's face. Our range of hampers covers a wide array of categories, ensuring you'll find something she'll cherish.

When is Mother’s Day in Australia?

In 2024, mark your calendars for Sunday, the 12th of May – that's when Australians will be celebrating Mother's Day.

Which Day is International Mother’s Day?

In Australia, we join the worldwide celebration of International Mother's Day, which falls on the second Sunday of May. However, it's worth noting that the term "International Mother's Day" doesn't quite live up to its name, as many countries opt for different dates throughout the year, often tied to their religious or cultural traditions.

Please don't confuse it with International Women's Day, a distinct occasion celebrated globally on March 8th.

Where does Mother’s Day come from? (the history of Mother’s Day)

The heartwarming tradition of Mother's Day owes its origins to the early 20th-century efforts of Anna Jarvis. In 1905, Anna embarked on her mission to establish Mother's Day, a cause that held personal significance as she had recently lost her mother, Ann Jarvis, in the same year.

Ann Jarvis, a dedicated peace activist, had cared for wounded soldiers during the American Civil War. She also initiated the "Mother's Day Work Clubs," a platform to address critical public health issues. Anna, driven by her desire to honour her mother and continue her life's work, believed it was only fitting to set aside a day to celebrate mothers, considering them as those who had done "more for you than anyone in the world." Initially, she referred to it as "Mother's Friendship Day."

The inaugural modern Mother's Day was observed in 1908 when Jarvis organized a remembrance event for her mother at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. This very church now stands as the hallowed ground of the International Mother's Day Shrine.

Anna Jarvis also established the Mother's Day International Association, with her primary aim being to encourage people to celebrate the mother figure in their lives, rather than simply celebrating motherhood as a concept.

The pivotal moment arrived in 1914 when U.S. President Woodrow Wilson officially declared Mother's Day a holiday, marking the first official Mother's Day celebration in the United States. The rest, as they say, is history.

While the celebration of Mother's Day in its current form may be relatively new, tributes to mothers have graced our history for millennia. Examples include Christian Mothering Sunday (originally commemorating the Mother Church rather than motherhood directly), the ancient Greek festivals dedicated to mother goddesses Cybele and Rhea, and the Roman Festival of Hilaria.

Why do Mother’s Day dates differ between Australia and other countries?

The roots of Mother's Day trace back to its early 1900s origins in the United States, although celebrations honouring mothers have spanned thousands of years. Interestingly, Mother's Day maintains a consistent date in many countries, Australia included.

However, some nations opt for an alternate approach, observing Mother's Day on Mothering Sunday – which consistently falls on the fourth Sunday, precisely three weeks before Easter Sunday. In the upcoming year, Mothering Sunday will grace us on Sunday, the 17th of March.

How do Australians celebrate Mother’s Day?

As a child, your Mother's Day may have started with those endearing but slightly charred pancakes, delivered with a goofy smile and a lukewarm coffee in hand. But as adults, we step up our game when it comes to celebrating our beloved mothers.

Down under, Mother's Day celebrations often revolve around exceptional food. Think BBQs, brunch at chic cafes, gourmet picnics in the picturesque parks, or the thoughtful gesture of a Mother's Day hamper.

Of course, the art of gift-giving plays a pivotal role in this heartwarming holiday. Traditional Mother's Day presents encompass chocolates, wines, nuts, or exquisite liquor. While Red Carnations traditionally symbolize Mother's Day, it's worth noting that since Australia's Mother's Day falls in autumn and Red Carnations are more of a springtime flower, most people opt for White Chrysanthemums instead.

The tradition of giving gifts on Mother's Day gained prominence in 1924 when Janet Heyden from Sydney initiated a charitable effort to collect gifts for lonely mothers at Newington Hospital who had lost husbands and/or sons during World War I.

When was Mother’s Day introduced in Australia?

Mother’s Day, a tradition that has warmly nestled into the heart of Australian culture, first made its appearance in 1910. Initially, the day was marked by special church services, a gesture that reflected the deeply rooted respect and reverence for mothers within the community. These gatherings were not only a means of spiritual reflection but also served as communal spaces where the societal role and significance of mothers were acknowledged and celebrated.

As the years rolled into the 1920s, Australians began to adopt and personalize the Mother’s Day celebration with increasing enthusiasm. This period marked a pivotal shift in the observance of the day, transitioning from purely religious gatherings to more inclusive and varied forms of celebration. Families started the tradition of giving gifts, writing heartfelt notes, and spending quality time together as tangible expressions of love and gratitude towards their mothers. This evolution mirrored a broader, global recognition of Mother's Day, aligning with international practices yet retaining a unique Australian character.

The expansion of Mother’s Day practices during the 1920s also reflected changing societal norms and the increasing recognition of individual contributions to family life. As Australia moved through decades of change, including wars and social reforms, the celebration of Mother's Day served as a constant reminder of the enduring strength and nurturing presence of mothers in every facet of life.

Today, Mother’s Day in Australia is a blend of the old and the new, rooted in its initial traditions of appreciation and respect, while also embracing modern expressions of love. It stands as a testament to the evolving but ever-important role of mothers in society, celebrated not just in the confines of churches but across public and private spaces, making it a truly national day of gratitude.

Crafting the Perfect Message for Mother's Day

When you choose Flaschengeist for your Mother's Day celebration, we provide an exclusive card with every gourmet gift, allowing you to pen down a heartfelt note that speaks directly to her soul.

Stuck on what to jot down for Mum? Let us share some inspiration from the heart of Flaschengeist:

  • “Mum, you're the reason for my finest moments. Accept this curated selection as a token of my gratitude for your endless love and support.”
  • “Mothers possess the magic to make a simple meal feel like a feast, turning the ordinary into extraordinary.” — Inspired by the essence of Flaschengeist. 
  • Cheers to you, Mum. This gourmet experience outshines the finest dining, and it's all yours to relish.”
  • “Savour the exquisite flavours of Mother's Day, lovingly chosen by me for you.”
  • “Mum, if love was currency, you'd be a billionaire. Please enjoy this gourmet collection as a small token of my immense appreciation.”
  • “Celebrating Mother's Day with the woman who taught me the art of excellence.”
  • For Mums with a taste for the finer things, adding a personal quote or a poem could add that extra touch of elegance and thoughtfulness.

    Mother’s Day Inspirations

    Discover our handpicked selection of quotes celebrating the spirit of motherhood and the joy of Mother's Day:

    • "God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers." — Rudyard Kipling
    • "Motherhood: All love begins and ends there." — Robert Browning
    • "Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever." — Unknown
    • "Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face." — George Eliot
    • "A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend." — Unknown
    • "The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation." — James E. Faust
    • "Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved." — Erich Fromm
    • "A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s." — Princess Diana
    • "To the world, you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world." — Unknown
    • "The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children." — Elaine Heffner
    • "There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood." — Elder M. Russell Ballard
    • "Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins." — Mitch Albom
    • "A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take." — Cardinal Mermillod
    • "The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother." — St. Therese of Lisieux
    • "Mothers are like glue. Even when you can't see them, they're still holding the family together." — Susan Gale
    • "A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories." — Honore de Balzac
    • "Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled." — Emily Dickinson
    • "A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." — Agatha Christie
    • "The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." — Theodore Hesburgh
    • "My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was." — Lisa Leslie

    These quotes reflect the profound impact, enduring love, and essential role of mothers in our lives.

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